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COVID-19 Updates

Mason is monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus/COVID-19, following guidelines from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health, and posting regular updates on this page.

Update: September 25, 2020

Mason Nation is always up for a challenge, and right now we are meeting it head on. Mason’s commitment to the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is unwavering.

Read more.

Update: September 22, 2020

Last week, George Mason University made the decision to test our most at-risk population—our residential students—to see if there was any significant impact from the Labor Day holiday. We're pleased to share that with 97 percent of those results in, we have seen a remarkably low rate of transmission: just 11 positive students out of more than 2,400 test results, or a 0.45 percent positivity rate. Read more.

Update: September 17, 2020

George Mason University this week is testing all 3,000 residential students for COVID-19, an effort intended to measure the impact of the Labor Day holiday and manage a likely spike in cases on campuses. Read more.

Update: August 25, 2020

As of the first day of classes Monday, Mason welcomed a record-high 6,863 new students in pursuit of an undergraduate degree—that includes first-time freshmen and those transferring from other institutions. Read what President Washington had to say about the start of the academic year:

President Washington welcomes incoming students to 'a start like none other'

Update: August 24, 2020 - Mason COVID Health✓™

Everyone planning to be on campus must complete the health check every day. Find out More.

Read the multi-step process for a safe return to campus.

Updates: August 22, 2020

President Washington gives updates on on COVID testing.

Update: August 10, 2020

Read President Washington's updates for a Safe Return to Campus

Update: July 28, 2020

Fall 2020 will look different at Mason, with decreased density on campus and more online learning. There will be opportunities for in-person learning for students who want to return to the Mason campus, and many other choices for learning online. In all cases, we are prepared to fully pivot to online learning, if public health factors make that necessary.

Read more about Fall learning options.

Learn about books and course materials.

All faculty, staff, and student workers must complete Safe Return to Campus Training before returning to campus. Learn more.

Update: July 24, 2020

Read about the university's safe plan for the return to campus including steps to take before returning to campus and while back on campus:

Creating a safe environment requires everyone’s help

Update: July 14, 2020

The programs and schools within the  College of Visual and Performing Arts, in conjunction with the Office of Admissions, will be hosting several virtual recruitment events throughout the summer and fall. Please visit the admissions website for the most up-to-date information. 

Update: June 24, 2020 - Safe Return to Campus

Mason will start the fall semester as scheduled on Monday, August 24, with a mix of in-person instruction and expanded online classes. Please visit this resource guide to help plan activities and understand changes brought to our university in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update: June 12, 2020 - Town Hall

This week, Gov. Ralph Northam announced that the Safer at Home order has been lifted and that Northern Virginia is entering Phase 2 of the state’s reopening today, Friday, June 12. He has also issued guidance for the re-opening of higher education campuses this fall. President Holton will host a town hall meeting from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on June 24 with university leaders so Mason can offer clear answers to the many questions people have. Learn more and submit your questions in advance.

Update: June 8, 2020 - Performing Arts Centers

After much careful consideration in coordination with George Mason University, the Center for the Arts and the Hylton Performing Arts Center made the difficult decision to suspend their presentations of traditional, live, professional performances inside their spaces through the end of 2020. Find out more at Center for the Arts and Hylton Performing Arts Center.

Update: June 4, 2020 - 2020 Fall Semester

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is closely monitoring all university decisions regarding the fall semester. We are already working behind the scenes on coursework options for the fall so that we can provide excellent educational experiences across our College within the guidelines provided by Mason for the fall semester. Our main concern has always been and will remain the continued success of our students through engaging and impactful learning. 

Read Mason's potential options for the fall semester.

Take a virtual tour of our learning, exhibiting, and performing spaces. 

For additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

Update: April 17, 2020 - Performances

All performances at the Center for the Arts at George Mason University and all other venues managed by the College of Visual and Performing Arts through August 8, 2020 are cancelled. The Ticket Office is closed for in person and phone transactions but can be reached through this online form.

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